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Formed: 1996
From: Portland, OR, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Agalloch News

Below is our complete Agalloch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Agrypnie Announces New Bassist

German metal band AGRYPNIE have found a new bass guitarist, Carsten, and are now rehearsing for the coming autumnal live shows. Since his return from Australia, AGRYPNIE mastermind Torsten and John from Agalloch contributed guest guitar parts for the upcoming Nostalgia album "Echoes from the Borderland." The project is initiated by solo artists Rüdiger Gleisberg and Mathias Grassow (who also worked with Torsten on the last AGRYPNIE album entitled "16[485]"). The project is currently working on new material.

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Agalloch Reveals New Album Artwork

Pacific Northwest progressive black metal act Agalloch has revealed the artwork for it's upcoming fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit," which is the follow-up to 2006’s "Ashes Against The Grain." The album is set for release in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

You can view the artwork at this location

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Agalloch Announces New Album Details

Pacific Northwest dark metal act Agalloch has completed work on the band's fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit," which is the follow-up to 2006’s "Ashes Against The Grain." Agalloch commented on the new album:

"Where the three predecessors to ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ (namely ‘Pale Folklore’, ‘The Mantle’, and the aforementioned ‘Ashes Against The Grain’) all differ from each other, the same can be applied with the new album as ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ is unlike anything Agalloch have ever produced before. This is also the first album to feature new Agalloch drummer Aesop Dekker (also in Profound Lore acts Ludicra and Worm Ouroboros) and features guest appearances by cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, Asunder, Amber Asylum), Jeffrey Neblock (Vindensang), and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain, Two-Ton Boa, SUNN 0))))."

To officially be released in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

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"Fall Into Darkness" DVD Trailer Posted Online

A new teaser trailer has been posted online for the "Fall Into Darkness 2009" DVD, which features performance footage from YOB, Agalloch, Earth, Ludicra, Saviours, Witch Mountian, Amber Asylum, and others. The trailer can be viewed below. All performances on the DVD were recorded at Berbati's Pan, in Portland OR, between Oct 29th and Oct 31st, 2009.

Fall Into Darkness 09 DVD Trailer Part 2 from Fell Studios on Vimeo.

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Agalloch To Record New Album

Portland's Agalloch has issued the following announcement about releasing a fourth full-length studio album via Profound Lore Records:

"Agalloch is proud to announce a renewed relationship with Profound Lore Records who will release our long-awaited 4th full length album. Profound Lore originally released our debut and sophomore albums on vinyl in 2005, including the amazing wooden sleeve edition of 'Pale Folklore.' The artistic attitude and level of integrity from Profound Lore is why we are extremely pleased to have them represent Agalloch. The new album will be recorded throughout June and July, but we do not wish to make any concrete statements regarding a release date at this time."

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Ludicra Finishing New Album, "The Tenant"

LUDICRA is putting the finishing touches on their next full-length album (their fourth) entitled “The Tenant,” which will be released through Profound Lore Records.

Known as one of the initial acts to help spearhead the black metal underground movement of the Bay Area and featuring the line-up of guitarist John Cobbet (HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE), bassist Ross Sewage (IMPALED), drummer Aesop Dekker (AGALLOCH), guitarist Christy Cather, and vocalist Laurie Shanaman, Ludicra has been known for offering a unique mix of black metal, punk, classic metal, and the odd touch of neo-folk.

Look for “The Tenant” to be released early March, 2010. More Ludicra news to surely follow, leading to the album’s impending release

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Amber Asylum To Play Fall Into Darkness Fest

Amber Asylum has issued the following announcement about playing at the Fall Into Darkness festival as support for Agalloch:

"Amber Asylum will be performing at this year's Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland on FRIDAY OCT 30TH supporting Agalloch, along with Soriah and Fauna. Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased via Ticketweb. The following evening - Halloween - we will be at the Rendezvous aka Jewel Box Theater in Seattle with Thrones, Kawabata Makoto, ?Alos. The line-up will feature Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune) on bass, flute and piano, Sarah Brady on violin/viola, and RD Davies (Infest) on percussion."

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Agalloch Has Ritual Item Returned

As was previously reported, Portland's Agalloch had announced that a ritual animal skull was taken from the stage at a recent show in Milwaukee. Agalloch has now issued the following brief update about the skull being returned:

"The skull has been anonymously returned...All is well again."

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Agalloch Has Ritual Item Stolen During Show

Portland's Agalloch has issued the following statement about having a ritual item stolen during a show in Milwaukee:

"We had an excellent time in Milwaukee last night and the audience was wonderful. It was a great surprise. However, a very important canine skull was stolen from the stage during 'The Lodge' and we would like to get it back.

"It is a very sentimental piece and we would like to think that the person who grabbed it simply did not consider this. There were a lot of random horns and bones scattered across the front of the stage that perhaps didn't look important or replaceable. This skull is not replaceable!

"If whoever took it would bring it to the Chicago show tonight and would just put it on the stage, all will be forgiven and forgotten. We do not want our memories of these Midwest gigs to be tainted.

"Thank you."

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Agalloch Releases Compliation, Announces New Album

Portland's Agalloch has released a compilation album titled "The Demonstration Archive" and have also announced they are currently working on a new full length album. The band issued the following statement on their MySpace:

Firstly, we announce the release of "The Demonstration Archive." This is a full-length retrospective CD collection chronicling our unsigned years (1996 – 1998). This release includes both the "From Which Of This Oak," and "Promo '98" demos. We are also including our never released 7-inch that was originally entitled "Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor" (later released via The End Records with bonus tracks). From the primal opening riffs of "The Wilderness" to the epic closing of "The Melancholy Spirit," the "Demonstration Archive" tracks the gradual evolution and refinement of the Agalloch sound and style finally heard on the landmark debut album "Pale Folklore." The track listing appears in chronological order below:

"From Which of this Oak" (1997)
1. The Wilderness
2. As Embers Dress The Sky*
3. This Old Cabin
"Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor" unreleased 7-inch (1998)
4. Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor
5. Foliorum Viridium
6. Haunting Birds
"Promo '98" (1998)
7. Hallways Of Enchanted Ebony*
8. The Melancholy Spirit* More...

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Agalloch Part Ways With The End Records

Portland's AGALLOCH has issued the following update:

"Having fulfilled our record contract with The End Records, we have decided not to renew with them. We thank The End for 10 years of hard work and dedication. Our three full-length albums will continue to be in print for as long as there is a demand for them. AGALLOCH's immediate plans are to remain low key, work on new material, and look towards the future."

AGALLOCH's latest EP, "The White EP", was released in February via Vendlus Records. The CD is the follow-up to 2004's "The Grey EP" and completes a dichotomy of releases for Vendlus Records. "The White EP" contains seven dark folk and ambient works written and recorded over the past three years.

AGALLOCH released its critically acclaimed album, "Ashes Against the Grain" in August 2007 via The End Records.

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Mourning Beloveth Announce European Tour Dates

Irish doom titans MOURNING BELOVETH have scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 18 - Denmark, Copenhagen, The Rock,*
Mar. 19 - Finland, Tampere, Hellä **
Mar. 20 - Finland, Turku, Dante's Corner **
Mar. 21 - Finland, Kouvola, Rytmi-Katti, **
Mar. 22 - Finland, Helsinki, Nightlife Rock **
Mar. 23 - Holland, Zaandam, De Kade ***
Mar. 24 - Germany, Eiche, Crailsheim +
Mar. 25 - Czech Rep, Exit Club, Chmelnice +
Mar. 26 - Germany, BC-Studentclub, Thuringe, Ilmenau ++
Mar. 27 - Germany, Twilight-Club Schlüchtern ++
Mar. 28 - Holland, Tilburg, O13 ++
Mar. 29 - Belgium, Vosselaar, Biebob ++

* MOURNING BELOVETH + to be announced

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Agalloch Post New Song Online

Pacific Northwest band AGALLOCH has issued the following update:

"We've recently posted a new song ('Sowilo Rune') from our upcoming EP, 'The White EP', to be released by Vendlus Records on February 29. As with all of our EPs and limited releases, this is not necessarily a sign of things to come. We envision small releases as opportunities to experiment and try new things without the weighty demands of a full-length release. So, expect a different sound, but also expect something that sits nicely with the rest of our work. You may pre-order 'The White EP' here.

"In the meantime, we are looking ahead at a fourth album and will post updates when necessary. Lastly, we've posted our cover of 'Kneel To The Cross' by one of our favorite groups, SOL INVICTUS. If you have yet to hear the original, we encourage you to seek out their album 'Death of the West'. However, most of us agree that SOL INVICTUS' best album remains 'The Blade'."

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Agalloch To Release The White EP In Early 2008

Pacific Northwest band AGALLOCH have posted an update online about the upcoming The White EP release and some live shows scheduled for Europe and the Pacific Northwest in 2008. The update from the band says, "Agalloch will finally release The White EP through Vendlus Records in early 2008. It is the follow-up to 2004's The Grey EP and completes a dichotomy of releases for the label. The White EP contains seven dark folk and ambient works written and recorded over the past 3 years.

The White EP tracklisting: 'The Isle Of Summer', 'Birch Black', 'Hollow Stone', 'Pantheist', 'Birch White', 'Sowilo Rune', 'Summerisle Reprise'. More...

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November's Doom, Agalloch Eurpean Tour Dates

November's Doom will be touring Europe with support from Agalloch, Saturnus and Thurisaz. Here are the dates:

11/17 Helmond,NL @ Plato
11/18 Vosselaar, BE @ Biebob
11/19 Hengelo, NL @ Metropool
11/20 Kopenagen, DK @ Loppen
11/21 Berlin, GER @ K17
11/22 Katowice, PL @ Mega Club
11/23 Prague, CZ @ Black Pes
11/24 Munich, GER @ Backstage
11/25 Wervik, BE @ Gildenhuis
11/27 Manchester, UK @ Satan's Hallow

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Agalloch's New Album Available For Streaming

You can now stream AGALLOCH's entire new album, Ashes Against The Grain, over at mp3.com. The album will be released on August 8th through The End Records.

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Novembers Doom To Tour Europe

Chicago’s NOVEMBERS DOOM have scheduled dates for their first headlining European tour this November. Support will be from label mates AGALLOCH and THURISAZ from Belgium. Denmark's own SATURNUS also joins the tour for select dates. The dates are as follows:

11/17/06 Fri @ Plato - Helmond, Netherlands (With Agalloch and Thurisaz)
11/18/06 Sat @ Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium (Special guests Saturnus, Agalloch & Thurisaz)
11/19/06 Sun @ Netherlands (tba)
11/20/06 Mon @ Copenhagen, Denmark (Special guests Saturnus, Agalloch & Thurisaz)
11/21/06 Tue @ K17 - Berlin, Germany (With Agalloch and Thurisaz)
11/22/06 Wed @ Steinbuc Theater - Darmstadt, Germany (With Agalloch and Thurisaz)
11/23/06 Thu @ Aalen, Germany (TBA)
11/24/06 Fri @ Backstage - Munich, Germany (With Thurisaz and TBA)
11/25/06 Sat @ Prato, Italy (With Thurisaz and TBA)
11/26/06 Sun @ tba - London, England (With Thurisaz and TBA)
11/27/06 Mon @ Satans Hollow - Manchester, England (With Thurisaz and TBA)

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Agalloch Added To Portland Date On Moonspell Tour

Portland's AGALLOCH have been confirmed as openers for the Portland, OR date of the MOONSPELL/KATATONIA/DAYLIGHT DIES tour on November 3 at Rock N' Roll Pizza.

AGALLOCH's much-anticipated new album, "Ashes against the Grain", is due out August 8 on The End Records. The band recently filmed a video for the song "Not Unlike The Waves" with director Nicole Phillips and cinematographers Richard Stark and Juan Mosqueda. It is currently in the editing process. Over nine hours of footage was shot in three days and the results are quite stunning thus far. To film aficionados, the style of the video will call to mind the work of Ingmar Bergman, Mario Bava, and the German Expressionist movement.

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Agalloch Set Release Date For New Album

The End Records has set an August 8, 2006 release date for AGALLOCH's new album, entitled "Ashes against the Grain". "There will not be a digipack edition," the band write in a statement. "However, there will be a special edition made. More information on that will unfold in the coming months. The band will be extremely busy this summer with various projects to promote the new album including a record-release show in Portland, as well as other performances. More detailed news will be posted as it comes."

Here is the "Ashes against the Grain" track listing:

01. Limbs
02. Falling Snow
03. This White Mountain On Which You Will Die
04. Fire Above, Ice Below
05. Not Unlike The Waves
06. Our Fortress Is Burning... I
07. Our Fortress Is Burning... II - Bloodbirds
08. Our Fortress Is Burning... III - The Grain

You can check out an MP3 of the song "Falling Snow" here.

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Agalloch Release Artwork and Tracklisting

Agalloch have released the tracklisting and artwork for their upcoming album, "Ashes Against the Grain". Track listing is as follows:

1. Limbs
2. Falling Snow
3. This White Mountain On Which You Will Die
4. Fire Above, Ice Below
5. Not Unlike The Waves
6. Our Fortress Is Burning... I
7. Our Fortress Is Burning... II - Bloodbirds
8. Our Fortress Is Burning... III - The Grain

Agalloch's guitarist/vocalist John Haughm said the following about the album: "The album sounds distinctively like Agalloch but heavier and with elements of pure black metal, folky Scandinavian prog, and a touch of post rock. I was heavily influenced by recordings like Thule's "Natt" album while writing "Limbs" and "Fire Above, Ice Below" and you can definitely hear that sort of brooding darkness in those songs. "Not Unlike The Waves" is easily the heaviest thing we've ever recorded; yet at its foundation it is a neo-folk song. There's also some up-tempo material like "Falling Snow" and moments of total ambience as well. This is definitely not an album that can be judged by one or two songs. Everything flows together as a dynamic whole and the red thread of the lyrics holds the album together."

"The lyrics this time unfold as an abstract and surreal folk tale. Although there is a framework of a concept, I wanted to create more of a dreamlike feeling with words than to merely "tell a story." My source of inspiration for the lyrics came from the surreal films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Parajanov as well as Northern Folklore and myths, Siberian Vodka, and the crumbling world around us all."

"Ashes Against the Grain" will be released in standared and digipak formats. The digipak format will contain different artwork. There is a plan for a vinyl edition to be released a couple months after the cd.

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